The Power of Smile ™ Oral Health Library

Stay up to date on the current topics and trends in dentistry. Articles are updated regularly on topics that discuss the importance of oral health as it relates to overall health from our team of experts.

Meet The Clinicians

Learn about current topics and trends in dentistry and the importance of oral health as it relates to overall health from our team of experts.

Dr. Eileen Crespo, MD

Eileen Crespo, MD

Dr. Eileen Crespo is the Vice President of Medical Services at Delta Dental of Minnesota. Dr. Crespo is a practicing pediatrician of 20 years. She is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a member of the Board of Directors at Children’s Dental Service and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. R. Bruce Templeton, DMD

R. Bruce Templeton, DMD

Dr. Bruce Templeton is an oral surgeon and has served both on the board and as a medical consultant for Delta Dental of Minnesota since 2011. Dr. Templeton has served as both the Chief of Dentistry and Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, and as a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

James O'Meara, DDS

James O'Meara, DDS

Dr. James O’Meara is the Vice President of Dental Services at Delta Dental of Nebraska. Dr. O’Meara is also an Associate Professor of Adult Restorative Dentistry at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry. He practiced General Dentistry In Des Moines, Iowa for thirteen years and also was an Associate Professor of General Dentistry at the Creighton University School of Dentistry for 21 years.

Recent Articles

Illustration of a family - a mother, a father, young boy and young girl - brushing their teeth together.
February 1st, 2024

What do I do if my child won’t brush or floss their teeth?

Brushing and flossing our teeth are the most important measures for cavity prevention. However, sometimes children do not want to adopt these habits. Here are some ideas that can make good oral health more fun for the whole family!

Illustration of a young woman tossing a blue toothbrush from her hand and holding a brand new yellow toothbrush. She is smiling. In the foreground, the number 2024 is stacked in the corner.
January 18th, 2024

New Year's reso-tooth-tions!

Make sure you brush up on oral health in 2024! Learn how often you should replace your supplies to keep smiling this year.

Illustration of a man and a woman applying toothpaste to a toothbrush. The toothbrush and toothpaste are oversized. There is a tooth outline in the background
January 9th, 2024

Which toothpaste is right for you?

What starts off as an easy choice becomes overly complicated when faced with so many options. Let us help you decide which toothpaste you should use based on your oral health needs.

Family gathering for dinner together
December 19th, 2023

Oral health tips for the holidays

Enjoy your holiday festivities without sacrificing your oral health by keeping these tips in mind. 🎅

Illustration of a smiling woman holding leafy greens and standing in her garden
December 6th, 2023

How eating disorders affect your oral health

Dentists and their teams can be the first to detect a patient’s eating disorder because early warning signs can appear in the mouth.

Illustration of a family enjoying a meal for Thanksgiving
November 21st, 2023

Building a healthy plate this Thanksgiving

Even when enjoying festive foods and drinks, you can still care for your oral health. Here are some ideas for creating a balanced and nutritious plate this Thanksgiving.

Illustration of a woman sitting in a dental chair with a dentist standing next to the chair holding a dental tool toward her mouth. Lightning bolts indicate pain from the patients mouth
November 16th, 2023

Genetics & cavities

Genetics shape many things about you – including things that impact your oral health.

Illustration of a large tooth with a man standing on either side of it. A woman is sitting on the tooth holding an oversized box labeled "Floss." The men are holding the ends of the dental floss and wrapping it around the tooth to clean it.
October 23rd, 2023

5 mistakes to avoid when flossing your teeth

Brushing our teeth does not remove build-up or bacteria between our teeth. We need floss to clean those hard-to-reach places. Avoid these mistakes to floss more effectively!

Illustration of a dentist speaking to an adult woman and a younger boy in his office. There is a dental chair with a light in front of the dentist, a picture of a tooth on the wall, and a clock in the background.
October 10th, 2023

5 mistakes to avoid when brushing your teeth

Are you a toothbrushing expert? Let's find out! Take a look at these common mistakes and make corrections to keep your smile in its best condition.

Illustration of an elderly couple taking a walk in a park. The gentleman is using a cane to walk. In the background is a tree near a bench. A dog runs toward the couple.
September 28th, 2023

Healthy Aging Month — and mouth!

September is Healthy Aging Month, a perfect time to take a look at what habits we need to ensure we have a healthy aging mouth.

Picture of hands holding a smartphone with a webpage titled "Dental Jewelry" displayed along with a thumbnail of a smile with a dental gem adhered to a front tooth
September 14th, 2023

Trend alert: Tooth gems

Tooth gems are a way to add a unique look to your smile; however, modifying teeth in this way can have negative oral health consequences. Learn the facts about these accessories before deciding if they are right for you.

3 young children sit around a table in a classroom talking with one another.
August 24th, 2023

Tips to begin a healthy school year

The new school year is a great time to freshen your family's oral health supplies! Here are a few suggestions to add to your back-to-school shopping lists.